FG to remove unverified workers from payroll Friday

The Federal Government has warned that any officer whose records on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System ,IPPIS, could not be verified will be delisted on Friday.

Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation , HoCSF, stated this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to a statement signed by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications, in her office, the two-week exercise, which will end on Friday, October 27, 2023, was put in place as a gesture of goodwill for officers who did not participate in previous verifications.

He recalled that the Federal Government commenced the implementation of the IPPIS in 2007 with a view to attaining transparency, accuracy, safety and reliability in the management of Personnel Records, while also curtailing avoidable excesses in personnel costs.

Reason for IPPIS Payroll?

“In 2013, the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, OHCSF, being the repository of official records and information on all Public Servants, was saddled with the responsibility of cleansing the record on the Payroll.

“Leveraging on technology, the Office opened a verification portal in April, 2017 and directed all public servants to carry out online update of their records.

The office carried out aggressive sensitization and publicity via the official, conventional and social media. An initial period of three months was given for compliance, which was extended to one year, May, 2018, to enable all officers update their records. This was the first phase.

“Following another round of widespread publicity and numerous pre-verification sensitization visits by IPPIS staff to Ministries, extra-ministerial Departments and Agencies, MDAs, across the country, the second phase of the exercise, physical verification, began in 2018.

In this regard, 500 staff from the OHCSF were trained and deployed to the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT between 2018 and 2019 in well-communicated and coordinated phases to enable officers to carry out physical verification in their states and save them from traveling to Abuja,” Mohammed said.

He stated that after investing significant financial and human resources over a seven-year period to verify the records of all civil servants on the IPPIS platform, the office was left with no choice but to suspend the salaries of those who did not participate in the exercise beginning in September 2023.

“As a result of this, some of the erring officers besieged the OHCSF with pleas to be given one last chance to comply,” he said. As a result, the portal was graciously reopened from October 3-13, 2023 for them to update their records.

“The officers were then asked to come to Abuja for the physical verification exercise as the office had already committed and exhausted the budgeted funds and unable to further deploy staff to the states for the exercise.

 

Although adequate preparations were made for a smooth exercise in designated areas of the FCT, the officers’ impatience and lack of orderliness during the first two days made the exercise rowdy.

This has been addressed, and the two-week exercise, which is set to end on Friday, October 27, 2023, is moving along nicely.”

He insisted that the aforementioned officers are the architects of their difficulties as a result of their failure to follow official directives.

“However, the verification of all Civil Servants’ records will be finalized at the end of the ongoing exercise, and any officer whose record could not be verified will be delisted from the government’s payroll,” he said.”

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